C U R R I C U L U M V I T A E

Mr Guy van der Walt

January 2008

PERSONAL DETAILS

Name VAN DER WALT, Guy

D.O.B. 09/01/81

Nationality South African

Sex Male

Marital status Single

Address Apartment 208, Mutual Heights, Darling St, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001

Telephone +27 76 834 5952

E-mail guythunderbolt@gmail.com

PROFILE

A committed and enthusiastic Mid to Senior level 3D Animator/XSI Generalist experienced in television post production with excellent interpersonal and communication skills. A confident, professional and respected team member and leader with a proactive approach to problem solving. Goal-oriented and capable of quickly adapting to changing environments.

Key Skills

  • Highly visually literate with considerable attention to detail
  • Work well in communicating directly with clients
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Flexible to meet changing demands and work practices
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines or during busy periods
  • Proficient in Softimage XSI, Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Freehand.  Basic knowledge of Apple Shake and Adobe After Effects

Achievements      

  • Approached, pitched and received ongoing work from new major client (Luma Animation cc)
  • Set up basic introductory training documentation for interns and juniors (Luma Animation cc)

EXPERIENCE

Dec 2005 till present : Freelance 3D Animator

                                     
My responsibilities as a freelancer at various leading London facilities have included:

  • Responsible for creating special effects spots using advanced texturing solutions
  • Creating particle systems for XSI on high profile international projects
  • Explanatory demo sequences for television documentaries
  • Creating visual treatments using specialist texturing techniques
  • Presenting works in progress during meetings with clients
  • Creating fast solutions to overcome visual and technical obstacles
  • Modelling and texturing of props and sets
  • 3D Character animation
  • Camera and layout work
  • Final lighting and rendering of completed animation
  • On set 3D supervision for live-action film shoots
  • Compositing various passes for final delivery using XSI FX Tree and Apple Shake

The Mill - London/LA : Various Projects from 2005 - 2007

Launched in 1990, The Mill rapidly developed an international reputation as a pioneering visual effects company. The Mill's reputation has been built up over many years due to the innovative and creative VFX applied to various advertising campaigns for the likes of Sony, Nike and Levis and our work in other areas such as TV and music promos. The Mill has won prestigious awards in all its disciplines, including Europe's only Oscar for visual effects for its work on Ridley Scott's Gladiator.
www.themill.com 

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Glassworks LTD - London
: Various Projects from 2006 - 2007

Glassworks provides digital animation and effects expertise for the production of creative visual content - award winning commercials, music promos and immersive marketing tool - for clients around the world.
www.glassworks.co.uk 

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The Ebeling Group - New York/Johannesburg : 2006

The Ebeling Group (TEG) is an international production company with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Sao Paulo and Tokyo. The TEG roster includes world-renowned designers and directors MK12, Nakd, Lobo, Tennant, LBA, Caviar, Convert and Caskey.
www.theebelinggroup.com 

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BSkyB (Sky TV)- London : 2007

BSkyB is company that operates Sky Digital, a subscription TV service in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. It produces TV content and owns several TV channels.
www.sky.com 

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Fluid Pictures - London : Various Projects from 2005 - 2007

Fluid Pictures is a 3D animation and FX studio that creates animated visual solutions for the television documentary market with clients such as National Geographic and the BBC.
www.fluid-pictures.com 

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Seed Animation - London
: 2008

Seed Animation Studio is an award winning, 3-D animation studio that specialises in television commercials, idents, interstitials and stings.
www.seedanimation.com 

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Windmill Lane- Dublin : 2008

Windmill Lane is a top post production facilty based in Dublin, Ireland.
www.windmilllane.com 

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Permanent Senior 3D Animator : 2002 - 2005

Luma Animation cc - Johannesburg, South Africa

Luma Animation is a high profile 3D animation facility servicing both the local and international  TV commercials market and long form TV series market.
www.luma.co.za

Working directly under the company's Directors, my primary responsibility was to lead, oversee and manage teams of animators working on television commercials from initial briefing stage to final delivery while maintaining a hands-on role through out the entire process. Specific areas of work undertaken included:

    • 3D lead
    • Consulting with clients and advising of best possible solutions for specific 3D application
    • Quoting on jobs
    • Overseeing work in progress meetings with clients and advertising agencies
    • Assessing and delegating of appropriate 3D tasks to various animators
    • Animatic and camera layout.
    • Modelling and texturing of key characters and sets.
    • Various specialist texturing for realism, toon shaders and unconventional styles.
    • Final lighting and rendering of completed animation.
    • Compositing final passes using XSI FX tree.
    • On set 3D supervision for live-action film shoot
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    PUBLICATIONS

    2003                             Magazine Cover Art Work

            Vodaworld Magazine Cover, Summer Edition
            Vodaworld Magazine Cover, Autumn Edition

    2001                             Magazine Cover Art Work

            Magazine Cover Photo - Sawubona Magazine, December 2001

    EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS

    1999 to 2001
    Graduated: National Diploma in Graphic Design
    Cape Peninsula University of Technology – Cape Town, South Africa
    Major Subjects
    Communication Design, 3D Design, Photography, Life Drawing, History of Art

    1991 to 1998
    Senior Certificate with Matriculation Exemption

    Paarl Boys’ High School - Cape Town, South Africa

    PERSONAL SUMMARY

    My main interests involve a variety of culturally stimulating activities such as art galleries, museums, exhibitions and ofcourse the occational game of foosball. I lectured on various aspects of magic at the College of Magic in Cape Town on a voluntary basis for 5 years. I am also fluent (written and verbal) in Afrikaans.

    REFERENCES

    Dave Throssell, Director - Fluid Pictures (Former Head Mill TV - London)
    Address 33 Glasshouse Street, Soho, London, United Kingdom, W1B 5DG
    Tel 020 7434 5130
    e-mail dave.throssell@fluid-pictures.com
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    Jason Cullen, Director - Luma Animation cc.
    Address Postnet Suite # 68, Private Bag X10015, Randburg, 2125
    Tel +27 11 293 3376
    e-mail jason@luma.co.za